Windsor Football club in Administration
This is a sad situation as the team had been doing so well, now they will be sitting out the season but plans are underway to bring the club back next season.
Brigidine School set to change status
There is a furious debate currently going on between the school and the parents to keep the school as a small (250 pupils) private fee paying school to a fairly large 800 pupil free school
Windsor State Visit
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will welcome the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and his consort Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned in the town on Tuesday, October 26.
Expect Windsor town centre to be especially busy as this is half term week.
Sir Christopher Wrens House Hotel goes into Administration
This historic hotel which has been in the hotel trading since the 1920s is up for sale. Still open for business the administrators are looking for a new owner - so if you have a look down the back of your sofa and find a few million in loose change get in touch with them and make an offer. I had my £10 plus chewing gum offer rejected.....oh well....
Bray Studios to be re-developed
There appears to be the prospect of a major re-development of the film studio site into housing as the film business has taken a bashing in the recent recession. With the added competition from Pinewood studios which is only 10 miles away, Bray studios has had a torrid time. The main building on the estate is Down Place which is a Grade II listed building in need of extensive repairs that would it seem be un feasible at this time.
Is Tesco's coming to the centre of Windsor?
There is the possibility that Tesco's will be buying a plot in the centre of Windsor for one of their stores.
Windsor's new Mayor
Since beating the Liberal Democrats into the Castle Without ward in May 2007, Catherine Bursnall has risen quickly risen up the ranks and is set to become the youngest ever Mayor when she replaces the current Mayor on May 25. We wish her all the very best in her new role.
Mini cannons to salute the Queens birthday
On the Long Walk on Wednesday 21st April the local council will fire a 21 gun salute from the mini cannon near Brook Street at mid-day.
David Cameron had a recent visit to Windsor Fire Station to show his support for the campaign to keep the station open 24 hours. He was in town to meet the Indian President who had a full state visit on the 27th October with the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.
Sir Sydney Camm memorial to the Hawker Hurricane
What a great prospect! A full size Hawker Hurricane model in Alexandra Gardens as a memorial to Sir Sydney Camm. This project is currently looking for sponsorship from local businesses and individuals, so if anyone feels particularly rich, get in touch and help this brilliant project. http://sirsydneycamm.org/hurricane1.aspx
Whilst Windsor might be slightly quieter this year in the current economic downturn, the great advantage for foreign visitors is the currency rate is most definitely turned in the visitors favour.
Windsor Arts Centre has re-opened September 1st as The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture. They have a good web site at www.firestationartscentre.com With many great local events including cinemas, comedy nights, dance, music, theatre and workshops.....
Castle Galleries at 2 King Edward Court are the UKs Leading Art Store, specialising in Limited Edition and Original Artworks by some of the Countries Most Collectable Artists. Our next Live show features Neil Dawson who will be *Live Painting in the Gallery on Sunday 17th May 2009 at 2-5pm Many thanks for further information please email us at the below address. Artist Appearance - Neil Dawson, Sunday 17th May, 2-5pm
The Harte and Garter Hotel which is owned by the Filio Hotel Group has gone into administration, although they believe the hotel will continue as they have a buyer. This is after the recent £7.5 million refit. Recent news suggests that the hotel has been sold on and kept open.
Royal Artillery Band Concert in support of SSAFA – Forces Help
The Royal Artillery Band is one of the most accomplished bands in the British Army and can be traced back to 1557. The band will perform traditional and modern favourites in this unique concert. The band regularly supports Guard Mount ceremonies at St. James Palace and Windsor Castle, as well as a full programme of public events throughout the year.
This concert is in support of the SSAFA - Forces Help. SSAFA has been serving the Armed Forces and their families for well over 100 years. Date: 28th September 2008 Time: 19:30hrs Website: www.bandconcerts.co.uk Contact Details Theatre Royal Windsor Thames Street Windsor Berks SL4 1PS Tel: +44 01753 853 888
Sunday September 7th sees the yearly return of the Michael Parkinson celebrity cricket match. This event is held at Bray Cricket Club in aid of the local charity Alexander Devine Cancer Trust. Gates open at 12.30pm and tickets are £3 per adult and £1.50 for children. Many stars of sport and TV attend including Chris Tarrant and Mike Gatting.
Swan Lifeline Open Day, which is designated to be held on Sunday 31st August 2008, is a fun day for families with free admission, free parking and an opportunity to visit the swans and see the Rescue & Treatment Centre, which is located in a beautiful location on the river Thames. We also offer a delightful river cruise / ferry from Windsor (with the generous support of French Brothers) at a suggested donation of £1 (adult) / £0.50 (child). We provide activities for families, fair stalls, refreshments and a raffle (with exclusive prizes, for example a dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, at the Sir Christopher Wren's Hotel & Spa in Windsor, generously donated by the hotel's manager; an afternoon cream tea for two at the Harte & Garter Hotel in Windsor, kindly donated by the hotel's manager and other prizes; other prizes available). www.swanlifeline.org.uk
All enclosed public places and workplaces became smoke free from 1st July 2007. To some this was a nightmare, but to most people this was a wonderful event. At last the non smokers can enjoy a trip down the pub without eyes watering and clothes smelling of a dirty ashtray. Guess which side of the fence I'm on! If the news from Ireland (which banned smoking some time ago) is anything to go by, we can expect an immediate withdrawal of the smokers from pubs, but a steady inflow over time of non smokers as they slowly realise the changes. Overall I think we can expect a gain in business for all pubs.